ALBANY -- With many Southwest Georgia public schools either finishing their 2009-10 regular season last weekend or later this week, area GISA schools take center stage as they begin their respective region tournaments -- and state title marches.
Beginning tonight will be the GISA Region 3-AAA tourney at Georgia Southwestern as the No. 1-seeded Deerfield-Windsor boys and girls basketball teams open play. The Lady Knights will take on No. 4 seed Brookwood at 7 p.m., followed by the DWS boys at 8:30 p.m. vs. the winner of Monday's play-in game between Calvary Christian and Brookwood.
The No. 3 Southland girls, meanwhile, open against No. 2 Westfield today at 4 p.m., while the No. 3 Raiders also take on No. 2 Westfield in boys action at 5:30 p.m.
The winners from each bracket in the four-team region will advance directly to Friday's championship games, with the girls game being held at 7 p.m. and the boys game at 8:30 p.m. Both games will be played at GSW.
In Region 3-AA, it was Sherwood Christian Academy's turn to host this year as the No. 1-seeded SCA boys will begin play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of today's play-in game between Valwood and Windsor. The Lady Eagles, who are seeded No. 2,
will open Thursday as well, facing off against No. 3 Valwood at 4 p.m. The only action today featuring local teams in 3-AA is the Southwest Georgia Academy girls team, which is trying to make the tournament by beating Windsor Academy in a play-in game at 5:30 p.m.
The SGA boys, seeded No. 3, will open Thursday against No. 2 Tiftarea at 5:30 p.m.
The championship games in 3-AA, however, shift to Darton College on Friday with the girls game taking place at 7 p.m., followed by the boys title game at 8:30 p.m.
In Region 3-A, the tournament will be held in Cordele this year at Fullington Academy. That kicks off today with Randolph Southern's girls facing off against Westwood at 5:30 p.m. in a play-in game, while the Patriots' boys team also faces a play-in game against Crisp Academy at 7 p.m.
The semifinals Thursday will feature the No. 1-seeded Terrell Academy girls playing at 7 p.m. against the winner of today's play-in between Randolph and Westwood. Meanwhile, Terrell Academy's boys, seeded No. 2, will open Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against No. 3 seed Westwood.
Championship games for the girls will be held Friday at 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. for the boys. Terrell Academy's girls are the defending Class A champs.
The state tournaments for all GISA programs begin the following week.
WESTOVER BOYS NEW NO. 1:
Thanks to a convincing win this past Friday against previously unbeaten Monroe, 77-63, the Westover High School boys basketball team took over the top spot in The Herald's Top 5 High School Basketball Poll on Monday for the first time all season. There was no movement on the girls side.
Westover's boys close out its schedule this week against Cairo tonight and Peach County on Friday.